ASUS ROG MARS II gets an annoucement
The MARS II is now being introduced officially. The new ROG MARS II picks up where previous graphics card powerhouses from ASUS ROG left off, and continues the legacy of the finest hardware for hardcore gamers. The limited-edition card is built on twin NVIDIA
ASUS Transformer scratch test (video)
ASUS decided to give a little demonstration of the durability of Corning Gorilla Glass based products.
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 features a chemically strengthened screen made up of Corning Gorilla Glass that helps protect it from bumps and scratches - keeping your tablet looking bright and new longer.
So just how strong is Corning Gorilla Glass? We decided to put it through a few tests to find it's breaking point. Have a look at what we discovered.
Q3 2011 will see Sandy bridge price reduction
Word from CPU World is that Intel planned price cuts for nine Sandy Bridge processors this Fall.
The first round of price drops will be in September, and it will affect all mid- and low-power Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs. Core i7-2600S will have its price cut by $12, from $306 to $294. Prices of Core i5s will be reduced by $11 at most. Core i5-2390T and i5-2400S will cost $184, Core i5-2405S - $201, and the prices of Core i5-2500S and i5-2500T will be reduced to $205.
The second round of price cuts will follow in October. This time Intel will slash prices on several Core i3 and Pentium microprocessors. The price of Core i3-2120 will be lowered from $138, which is expected launch price of Core i3-2130 CPU in September, to $117. Pentium G850 will cost $75, and Pentium G630 will be priced down to $64. After the cuts, the Core i3-2120 will have the same price as the i3-2100, and the Pentium G850 and G630 will be priced identical to G840 and G620 CPUs respectively.
Samsung debuts 30nm-class 32GB Green DDR3
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced the development of 32 gigabyte (GB) double data rate-3 (DDR3) registered dual Inline memory modules (RDIMMs) that use three dimensional (3D) through silicon via (TSV) package technology.
Check out the 2011 HAF X Mini Bike
haha, funny stuff. Check out the HAF-X modded onto a bike. Easy transportation to your next LAN party.
HAF-X Chassis including Pocket Bike:
Cooler Master 700W Silent Pro Gold PSU
Cooler Master Hyper 212Plus CPU cooler
Intel Core i5 CPU
Intel Mini-ITX Mainboard
Intel 300GB SSD
G.Skill Ripjaw Memory 2x 4GB
GeForce GTX460 graphics
GamesCom 2011 game trailers
Below an overview of game trailers released at GamesCon:
I the Prototype 2 Gamescom 2011 trailer, you are Blackwatch and you will not fail to capture Alex Mercer and James Heller. This trailer for the upcoming action game features a recap of everything that happened in the first game, and what your new mission is in New York Zero. Prototype 2 is coming out for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on April 24, 2012.
Modern Warfare 3 PC gets dedicated servers
Activision has said that it will support dedicated servers in the PC version of Modern Warfare 3 despite ongoing concerns about how they can be used to cheat online.
Developer Infinity Ward famously ditched dedicated servers for Modern Warfare 2, claiming that it wanted to guarantee service quality for its whole customer base
Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive review
Patriot Memory recently released a USB stick, all 3.0 compatible and it's called the SuperSpeed Magnum. That surely hints towards a nice caliber. We test the 64GB version of this model, and their Magnum .. well it's the fastest and most l33t little fracker your money can get you with read performance of 200 MB/sec.
Check the article right here.
Mozilla Firefox 6 Web-Browser Download available
Mozilla released Firefox 6 - the version number inflation drive continues as it plays catch up with Google Chrome 13 and Internet Explorer 9. Released today, Firefox 6 packs small number of new features, improved font rendering, along with the usual load of security and bug fixes. To begin with, the navigation toolbar got a couple of updates: the address bar now highlights the domain name of the loaded webpage. The site identity box (which displays the favicon, and security status of the loaded webpage), is now "streamlined" with the rest of the address bar.
Firefox 6 supports the latest draft version of WebSockets with a prefixed API. It adds support for EventSource / server-sent events, window.matchMedia. There's an improved web-console to help developers. The browser has better discoverability with Firefox Sync. It starts faster when using Panorama. Again, there's the a load of security and stability fixes.
ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe motherboard
ASUS announced the launch of their new Mini-ITX motherboard based on the AMD A75 chipset, the F1A75-I DELUXE motherboard. With onboard graphics built in to the APU, the F1A75-I DELUXE offers excellent graphics performance, especially when combined with a discrete GPU for Dual Graphics capabilities. Like the previous F1A75 series, this version is also equipped with the latest ASUS-exclusive technologies and features, including DIGI+ VRM for precise digital power control, a graphical and mouse-controlled UEFI BIOS and support for DirectX
Lian Li PC-V353 and PC-Q25 SFF cases
Lian Li announced two new cases, the PC-V353 and the PC-Q25, two new aluminium cases for SFF systems.
Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd, maker of high-end, all-aluminum computer chassis for over 13 years, is proud to announce the release of two new PC cases: the HTPC PC-V353 and Mini-Tower PC-Q25. A new edition to Lian Li's HTPC chassis series, the PC-V353 features a handsome front mesh design and is available in eye-catching black or silver. The aluminum-front mini-tower PC-Q25 offers a contemporary design that lends itself to any professional or home environment, and is available in black and silver colors. Both of these models offer impressive engineering, the convenience of tool-free installation, and excellent air-flow.
Boasting the ability to accept Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards, this HTPC chassis also allows energy-saving and quiet, fan-free operation. The entire chassis is geared towards users wanting a noise-free, passively cooling system, but users still have a choice to install their own fans for active airflow, if desired. In addition to four ventilated PCI slots, the front-panel mesh cover forms a clever ventilation system with excellent cool air flow. Hot air also leaves the frame through the top using the chassis's unique
PNY liquid cooled GeForce GTX 580 cards
PNY Technologies, Inc. launches their all-in-one Liquid Cooled Graphics solution, now available to consumers nationwide. The new line of Liquid Cooled Graphics will debut with two options: the XLR8 Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 580 and XLR8 Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 580 with CPU Cooling.
PNY and Asetek, a leader in CPU thermal management, have combined forces to launch a high-end Liquid Cooled Graphics solution geared towards gaming enthusiasts. Consumers will receive a fully integrated XLR8 GeForce GTX liquid cooled graphics system, with a combination GPU/CPU cooling version available as well. Engineered with a closed loop system, and built with an Asetek sealed water cooler already attached, the PNY design offers consumers an out-of-the-box ready, simple to install and reliable product.
PNY's new Liquid Cooled Graphics system delivers significant benefits, with up to 30% cooler temperatures, 30% quieter acoustics and 10% faster performance than the standard reference designed NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 graphics card. With increased overclocking headroom versus air cooled, the liquid keeps overall temperature and noise levels low, while providing better performance for gamers. With a 30% reduction in temperature, PC parts are protected due to lower exposure to hot temperatures. Additionally, less noise is produced as fans aren't running at maximum speed to compensate for the heat. Lower acoustics means a quieter gaming environment for more intense concentration and the option for gamers to eliminate the use of headphones to mask noise levels. The overall advantage is extreme performance and higher frame rates without the heat.
"Designed to increase performance while reducing noise and temperature, PNY's Liquid Cooled Graphics offers the fastest factory-overclocked card currently on the market at 857 MHz," said Nicholas Mauro, senior marketing manager, PC components for PNY. "The simple all-in-one design offers a powerful, yet easy to install and cost-effective gaming solution that's backed by the PNY warranty. This highly anticipated graphics option will enable more enthusiast gamers to experience gaming in a whole new way."
The first 100 consumers to purchase from PNY.com will receive a special promotional launch bundle. With the purchase of a Liquid Cooled GTX 580 on PNY.com, consumers will receive over $100 worth of bonus PNY gear: a 16ft Active High Speed HDMI Mini to HDMI Cable, a custom-built PNY 8GB 'Liquid Cooled' USB Flash Drive, and a 'Liquid Cooled' logo T-shirt. This bundle is available for a limited time only and only on PNY.com.
- XLR8 Liquid Cooled GTX 580: $579.99
- XLR8 Liquid Cooled GTX 580 with CPU Cooling: $649.99
- 1536 MB of GDDR5 frame buffer memory
- 857 MHz core clock and 1714 MHz processor core clock
- 512 processor cores
- 202.18 GB/second memory bandwidth
- 384-bit memory interface
- A texture fill rate of 54.85 billion/second
- An effective memory data rate of 4212 MHz
PNY offers a 5-Year Warranty for the Liquid Cooled system. Users have a standard 3-year out of box warranty, extended to 5 years upon completion of product registration at PNY.com within 90 days of purchase. PNY also offers free 24-hour technical support.
NVIDIA: Tegra 3more performance less power consumption
NVIDIA's that Kal El (Tegra 3) will not only offer more performance than Tegra 2 but also a lower power consumption as X-bit Labs reported today.
Nvidia Corp.'s next-generation code-named Kal El system-on-chip for media tablets and high-end smartphones will not only be considerably faster than the current Tegra 2, but will also be more energy-efficient, according to the company. Nvidia believes that the new Tegra "Kal El" will further boost the company's momentum on the market of ultra-portable devices.
"Kal-El is going to be world's first quad-core [ARM] processor [for ultra-portable devices]. It has so much higher performance than Tegra 2 and at so much lower power! Very few people have internalizes that Kal-El is lower power in every use case compared to Tegra 2. So this is, it is really a great breakthrough based on the technology we call variable SMP, variable symmetric multiprocessing, that makes it possible for us to achieve much higher performance where performance is needed and much lower power in almost everything that you do," said Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive officer of Nvidia, during the company's most recent conference call with financial analysts.
Nvidia again did not reveal precise specifications of Tegra "Kal El", but based on a previous reports we know that the system-on-chip (SoC) is based on four Cortex-A9 application cores, will feature a GeForce graphics processor with twelve stream processors and will have a new display and video engines capable of supporting Blu-ray disc video playback and stereo-3D graphics output. Other capabilities and clock-speeds of the novelty are not known previously. The chip developer claims that the new chip outperforms Nvidia Tegra 2 by up to five times.
Earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), Nvidia demonstrated that the Tegra 3 can browse the Web, run games and stream/decode video with 2560x1440 (1440p) extreme HD resolution. At the trade-show Nvidia demonstrated its Tegra "Kal El" in an Android-based tablet with 10.1" screen.
Borderlands 2 Teaser Trailer
The first Borderlands 2 trailer has surfaced.
"Borderlands is back! Check out the new Borderlands 2 Teaser and get ready to venture back to Pandora!"
Epic working on five projects and Unreal Engine 4
Epic Games certainly has a lot planned for the future. With Gears of War 3 releasing in September, Epic has planned ahead and already has five titles unrelated to the Gears franchise already in production. The company is working on building the next Unreal Engine and during the Games Developer Conference, Epic president Mike Capps has said the PC platform has become their new target.
Speaking today at GDC Europe in Cologne, company president Mike Capps said the PC platform ihas become a renewed target for Epic.
"The PC has for too long been a port-to platform," he said.
It is a near-certainty that some of those new projects will be digital only. Epic has in he past two years delivered blockbuster content for Xbox Live Arcade and, perhaps more importantly, Apple
Battlefield 3 Jet Combat Trailer
This gameplay video is hot off the press from the Gamescom EA Press Briefing. It is brand new gameplay footage from the Caspian Border MP map. It features intense 64-player vehicle warfare.
"Intense 64-player vehicle warfare - including jets - from the 3 multiplayer map Caspian Border! This marks the premier of jet gameplay as played at GamesCom 2011. Caspian Border is a multi-faceted, vehicle heavy map that exemplifies classic Battlefield gameplay"
AMD's Next-Gen Wichita and Krishna APUs Detailed
If there is one spot where information leaks it seems to be donim haber. New slided popped up showing information on AMD's Next-Generation Wichita and Krishna APUs. The new APUs (CPU+GPU) are planned for 2012 and are part of AMDs Deccan low-power solutions.
The products need to be seen and ranged in the same segment as Intel's Atom and VIA's Nano processors. Currently we have the "Zacate" and "Ontario" processors like the E350 filling that job. The future platform will be named "Deccan," and will see two APUs codenamed "Wichita" and "Krishna,".
For the next generation AMD is planning to move into the 28 nanometer node and will place four x86-64 cores based on the Bobcat architecture on a single piece of silicon, with an integrated memory controller and AMD Radeon discrete-class graphics.
Wichita and Krishna are complete single-chip designs, meaning that the FCH or Fusion Controller Hub merged into the APU silicon. Motherboards and notebook logic boards will have just one big chip, with no "chipset" of any form.
And that means that Wichita and Krishna will be SoC (system on chip). Check out some of the slides.
Passmark PerformanceTest 7.0 build 1024
PassMark PerformanceTest allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.
- Find out if your PC is performing at its best.
- Compare the performance of your machine to similar machines.
- Measure the effect of configuration changes and upgrades.
- Avoid paying big bucks for poor performance.
- Make objective independent measurements on which to base your
- Use the advanced tests to create you own benchmark scenarios
Changes in version 7.0 build 1024:
- Fix for flashing main window. Not confirmed to work with all system configurations.
- Fixed a lockup when trying to do a disk test on a drive without enough space.
- Fixed a bug that would allow 2d results to go negative.
- Added warning when running 32-bit PT on 64-bit Windows
- Added AMD A series CPUs to the advanced baseline search.